MILAN The first court hearing over a disputed pay-TV deal between Italian broadcaster Mediaset (MS.MI) and French media giant Vivendi (VIV.PA) will be held on March 21, a source close to the matter said on Thursday.
Mediaset, owned by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, is suing Vivendi for damages after it backed away from an April deal to take full control of the Italian group's pay-TV unit Premium.
Vivendi, led by billionaire Vincent Bollore, has said the binding share-swap agreement it signed in April could be void after Sept. 30.
Mediaset has still not decided whether it will ask the court to fast-track proceedings, sources familiar with the matter said.
(Reporting by Giancarlo Navach and Emilio Parodi, writing by Stephen Jewkes)